French youth killed in gang violence

2013-05-10 13:09

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Marseille - A 17-year-old was gunned down in the latest deadly shooting linked with rampant gang violence in France's southern port city of Marseille, police said.

The 17-year-old, identified only by his first name Iskander, was shot about 20 times with a 9mm automatic pistol while driving his car in the city's rough northern districts on Thursday night.

Police said two men drove up to the victim's vehicle on a motorcycle and one of them opened fire, hitting the victim in the chest and head.

Authorities said the victim was known to police for minor drug crimes and driving misdemeanours.

It was the sixth gang-related killing since the start of the year in Marseille, which has been plagued in recent years by a wave of shootings, often with Kalashnikov assault rifles, connected with the drug trade.

The violence has reached such levels that a local official last year called for the military to be sent in and the government formed a task force to tackle the crime wave.

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